Teenagers taking part in a nationwide scheme running through the summer holidays have given it the thumbs-up.
More than 800 teenagers from across Lincolnshire and Rutland are spending their summer holidays building skills, making new friends and helping out in their local community with the National Citizen Service (NCS).
The programme, which had various start dates throughout July, provides 15-17 years olds the opportunity to expand their skill base and prepare for university and future job prospects while experiencing exciting activities, meeting new people and volunteering in their hometowns.
Among the projects was tidying up the town for the East Midlands in Bloom judges. Liam Matson, a 15-year-old from Moulton, currently on the programme said: “Since I’ve been on NCS, I’ve made some amazing new friends and pushed myself to take on new challenges – even overcoming my fear of heights!
“It has been a lot of fun so far and I’ve even learnt a lot about what to expect at university, so I can really prepare myself for the future, plus the time I’ve spent on our social action project will look great on my CV and personal statement.”
Phil Everett, Communications Manager for NCS EM1, commented: “Everyone on the summer programme is having an amazing time. Not only are they developing valuable life skills to help them in the future, but they’re having fun, taking on new challenges and building lifelong friendships.”
Although all of the 2014’s summer programmes have now started, young people can sign up to take part in the NCS EM1 autumn programme – a condensed version of the summer programme scheduled to take place on October 24.
Costing just £35 to join, the Autumn includes a five-day stay at an outdoor adventure centre, two days working with businesses to improve employability skills and a social action project.
Food and five nights of accommodation are included in the programme cost.
Phil said: “For any teenagers who’ve missed out on our summer programme due to other commitments or summer holidays, we’re now taking sign-ups for the autumn intake, which is a great opportunity for young people to get involved and join in the NCS experience during their October half-term.”
Liam added: “I’d definitely recommend it!
“I’m having so much fun and it’s a fantastic opportunity to meet new people while developing skills for later in life.”
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